A tragedy occurred on Friday when a 10-year-old boy from Long Island died during a Little League baseball game.
Lazar LaPenna collapsed on the field while running to first base at Point Lookout Park in Lido Beach.
His father, Gregg LaPenna, who coaches the team, told ABC Eyewitness News’ Kristin Thorne that Lazar was being treated and taking medication for epilepsy. As he explained to Thorne, Lazar had gotten a hit before putting his arm on his shoulder and collapsing on his way to first. His 12-year-old brother, Gerry LaPenna, told their father that he was having a seizure.
“He was a such a gentle soul,” Gregg LaPenna told Thorne. “He never wanted to be alone. We’re going to keep him close to us.”
The family had just celebrated Lazar’s 10th birthday the previous night. He was a Mets fan who loved baseball.
“He was a really good kid,” Gerry said. “He loved everything he did.”
Little league officials said they will dedicate the remainder of the season to the LaPenna family and play in Lazar’s honor.
“Our deepest sympathies go out to mother Monique, father and coach Gregg, brothers Gerry and Blaze, and the entire LaPenna family,” they said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with them all at this time.”